The Reading Festival is one the most frequented music tourneys that Europe has to fer. Traditionally more receptive to rock acts, the lineup revealed today by their festival committee is majority rap.
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The festival lineup includes hip hop artists such as: Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Playboi Carti, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Pump, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Belly, and $uicideboy$.
Grime and Afrobeats are also covered, with acts such as: Skepta, J Hus, Yungen, IAMDB, Ghetts, Fredo, Kojo Funds, Nadia Ros, Mist, Wretch 32 and AJ Tracey count among the UK contemporaries couched in-between.
The drastic overhaul from their traditional markups is a strong indication hip hop’s influential stake on the critical mass. In as much as popular music trends are concerned, the lineup reflects the ideals UK society but that isn’t sitting pretty with long time festival-goers who are outraged by the committee’s decision to rebrand. Many took to Twitter to voice their dismay.
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Here at HotNewHipHop we strongly encourage the pervasiveness hip hop culture. It’s unfortunate that some view this ordeal as an interference some kind. Tickets go on sale for a startling €220 so be prepared to plan accordingly.
Another criminal investigation Nelly’s alleged sexual misconduct, is taking place, this time in England, where the rapper last made a club appearance at the Cliffs Pavilion in Essex.
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Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum spoke with on the matter:
“These allegations arose after Ms. Green amended her suit for money to include a reference to these claims. The fact that the police are investigating these claims is not new information and Nelly welcomes a thorough investigation. Nelly is confident that once investigated, these claims will be determined to be disingenuous.”
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According to the accuser, the incident that is under investigation occured after she prompted the rapper for a photo. She went on to describe the rapper reaching around and asking her to stay behind the backstage area. Once in his dressing room, the rapper allegedly prodded at her clothing, attempted to kiss her, and forced her head down towards his erect penis, at which point the accuser leapt from the room altogether. This testimony was later transcribed and passed on to local authorities a few months after the incident.
Apart from the aforementioned statement by his lawyer, no other comment has been issued by Nelly’s camp. We await further details on the matter
Festival season is ficially coming soon. Over the past several weeks, more and more festivals have been unveiling their line-ups with many them including some the hottest artists out right now. Hip hop’s been finding a prominent place on these festivals line-ups as the genre continues to dominate commercially. Today, Lovebox revealed their festival line-up and it’s looking fire.
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Lovebox hit the Internet with their full festival line-up for this year’s event and they’ve tapped some major names for headliners. Childish Gambino, Skepta, SZA and N.E.R.D are expected to headline the festival. In addition to those names, you could also expect performances from Action Bronson, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Vince Staples, The Internet, Big Boi, Belly and more. Thsi will actually be N.E.R.D’s second time performing at the festival. The first time being in 2009.
The festival will take place at Gunnersbury Park in London on July 13th and 14th. While the live music is obviously the focal point Lovebox, they also have some other stuff to check out on the festival grounds. The Lovebox festival will also include a hip hop karoake, vintage markets, beauty parlors and more.
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It’s definitely one the hottest festival line-up’s around right now. With Childish Gambino, Skepta, SZA and N.E.R.D as headliners, it almost seems worth flying across the pond for.
Peep the full festival line-up below.
LeBron James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment, which he co-founded with his longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter, is producing a new “House Party” movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedy, which starred Kid-N-Play, originally debuted in 1990 and was followed by sequels in 1991 and 1994.
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However, LeBron has told The Hollywood Reporter that the upcoming “House Party” remake is “definitely not a reboot.”
“This is definitely not a reboot. It’s an entirely new look for a classic movie,” James tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone I grew up with loved House Party. To partner with this creative team to bring a new House Party to a new generation is unbelievable.”
Atlanta’s Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori will write the screenplay and Maverick Carter says they’re looking for musicians to be cast in the upcoming project. LeBron himself might even make an appearance.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re trying out some ideas for musicians to be cast in and to be a part the project,” says Carter, who adds that a cameo by James, in high demand since his well-received performance in Universal’s Trainwreck, also remains a possibility. “There’s no plan for it now, but he’s a fantastic actor, and if he wants a role, Stephen will find a great role to put him in,” adds Carter.
On May 6th, 2016, Stephen Mader was called to a domestic disturbance by R.J. Williams’ girlfriend in Weirton, West Virginia. When Stephen arrived on the scene, he was met by R.J. holding his hands behind his back. When Stephen asked him to show his hands, he complied, revealing a gun.
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Instead shooting at R.J. (who was a Black man) Stephen attempted to de-escalate the situation and told R.J. that he would not shoot and just needed him to put the gun down – even after R.J. told him to “just shoot.” As Stephen continued to calm R.J. down, two other ficers arrived on the scene and within minutes fired four shots into R.J., killing him.
Weeks later, Stephen was fired from the police force and just recently, two years later, new reports say Stephen has finally won his case for wrongful dismissal.
“He wasn’t angry,” he explained to The Guardian, talking about R.J. “He wasn’t aggressive, he didn’t seem in a position to want to use a gun against anybody. He never pointed it at me. I didn’t perceive him as an imminent threat.”
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Stephen has been awarded $175,000 and was promised that his past employer cannot stop him from getting a job at another law enforcement. “At the end the day, I’m happy to put this chapter my life to bed,” he added.
According to the Baltimore Sun, two the city’s police detectives have been found guilty in a conspiracy case that is said to be the biggest in the city’s history.
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A federal judge presiding over the case found detectives Daniel T. Hersl and Marcus R. Taylor guilty on charges racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and robbery. Hersl and Taylor were members the Gun Trace Task Force, which has recently been under investigation for its connection to a series robberies, planting fake guns and drugs at crime scenes, as well as netting thousands in unearned overtime hours.
After the verdict was revealed, U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning notes how “their business model was that the people that they were robbing had no recourse — who were they going to go to? That’s what the ficers] were counting on.” The disgraced former detectives may receive a sentence up to sixty years in prison for their crimes.
Four ficers who have been discharged from service and pled guilty to former charges testified on behalf the government. The ficers identified Hersl and Taylor’s connection to heists perpetrated by members the Gun Trace Task Force unit, with Taylor being accused participating in a robbery to the tune $100,000.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa admits that “we recognize that this indictment and subsequent trial uncovered some the most egregious and despicable acts ever perpetrated in law enforcement.” De Sousa also reveals how a new unit will be created to “focus, specifically, on this case and the allegations that were made, but were not part the indictment or prosecution.”
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Eight other ficers and three civilians have also been arrested in relation to this particular case.
Yikes… Azealia Banks did not hold back regarding her feelings towards Cardi B. Azealia is gearing up to release her upcoming mixtape Fantasea II: The Second Wave in March but, as we all know, Miss Banks has a habit getting into the news for reasons other than her music.
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The Harlem product is stirring the pot by attacking fellow female rapper Cardi B in the Instagram comments A Tribe Called Quest member Jarobi White. White reposted a video Cardi ranting about how she feels a need to flaunt her money and belongings to remind the haters that she’s made it. What happened in the comments section was unexpected though. Azealia Banks clapped back at Cardi, writing to the ATCQ member, “Ewww. You’re getting unfollowed for posting this illiterate untalented rat.” Banks continued, “This bitch is not an artist if anyone needs to humble themselves. It’s her.”
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Cardi B has obviously had a recent string success and this could simply be a ploy for Azealia to get attention and boost exposure for her upcoming project. While she has only released a few songs, Cardi has become one the hottest names in the game. Banks is clearly shooting for the top – whether or not this is the appropriate approach is to be seen. Peep the comments to the video below to see Azealia’s roast session on Cardi.
Tiffany Haddish has the latest tea on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s personal life. Just a few weeks ago the Girls Trip actress revealed how Bey helped talk her out fighting another woman at Jay-Z’s tour afterparty, and explained how the famous selfie pic the two came to be.
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Tiffany now reveals that at that same after-party, Beyonce had to step in on some unnamed actress who put her hand on Jay-Z’s chest. Considering how private Bey and Jay can be, this is story has definitely gotten our attention.
“(The unnamed actress) touched JAY-Z’s chest and Beyoncé came walking up like…’Biiiitttccchhh!’ But, she didn’t say that,” Tiffany said, while chatting with TV One’s Uncensored. “Her demeanor, her body from the way she walked up on them said, ‘Get your hands f my man’s chest.'”
Apparently, “some other stuff happened” that she can’t talk about.
Jay Z admitted to some infidelity on his latest album, 4:44. “I apologize ten womanize / Took for my child to be born / See through a woman’s eyes / Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song / I don’t deserve you,” he rap.
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Before his album’s release, Beyonce made her feelings very clear with her album Lemonade and the film that accompanied its release. “What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you,” she sings on “Hold Up.” “Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home / Today I regret the night I put that ring on.”
Maybe an upcoming album from Bey or Jay will reveal more details from this after-party.
The “Blush” Adidas Yeezy 500 will be among the many sneakers releasing during the NBA’s All-Star weekend. However, unlike some the other highly anticipated sneakers, the kicks will only be releasing in the Los Angeles area.
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In addition to Adidas’ 747 Warehouse St. event in Los Angeles, the new Yeezys will also release on Friday, February 16th at a handful other shops including the Adidas Originals location on 8009 Melrose Ave and the Adidas Originals located on 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
According to Sneaker News, the list stores releasing the kicks on Friday also includes:
BAIT – 7708 Melrose Ave.
Bodega – 1320 E 7th St #150
Commonwealth – 2008 E 7th St
Nick Kicks – 862 S Main St
Proper – 425 & 431 E. 1st St
RSVP Gallery – 905 S. Hill St
Undefeated – 3827 West Sunset Blvd
The kicks, which will retail for $200, do not feature the beloved Boost cushioning as most the Yeezys do, instead opting for adiPrene cushioning. If you’re not in the L.A. area this weekend, the “Blush” Yeezy 500 will reportedly receive a global release sometime in March.
Marvel’s Black Panther makes its highly-anticipated debut on the silver screen this Friday after months ceaseless hype from audiences looking forward to the first widely-released black superhero film. The production has been backed by Hollywood juggernaut Disney, which has given the film the proper funds to recreate Wakanda in a most realistic and technically-savvy manner.
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Black Panther‘s massive budget has also enabled a chance opportunity for Marvel to collaborate with luxury carmaker Lexus on an exclusive LC 500 model for the film. The car is designed with afruturist design principles in mind, evident in its sleekness and rich attention to detail.
This car also echoes the precedent set by the film’s costume designer Ruth Carter, who worked with a team highly-skilled individuals to help craft the unique garb worn by the characters within this latest Marvel production. Equal parts traditionalist with a tinge futurism, the clothing, akin to the Lexus automobile, updates more traditional motifs for a modern demographic.
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Marvel and Lexus have also released a digital comic book titled Black Panther: Soul a Machine, featuring the LC 500 model while also nodding to Lexus Takumi masters.
This new line beer is set to drop at the end this month to coincide with the Black Panther premiere, which bears a similarity at least in name. Craft beer enthusiasts will likely be excited to hear that the Run The Jewels team Killer Mike and El-P is working closely with top craft breweries Interboro NYC, Pipeworks Chicago, and J. Wakefield Miami to help spread their interests nationwide.
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The new craft beers will be named after song titles made illustrious by RTJ’s discography. Their collusion with these brew houses will yield three differentiated recipes, ranging from traditional stout to a Porter blended with Bourbon barrel-aged beer.
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“Legend Has It” will be released in April, whereas “Down” will come out in October.
Run the Jewels are riding a wave stimulated growth. Their business in beer is turning out for the best. Their record Legend Has It was been given new life and so on so forth. The RTJ buddy system continues to bring out the best in the other.
There’s no doubt the anticipation surrounding the Black Panther soundtrack was high. From the second it was announced that Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg would be executive producing it, especially after such a major 2017, it was bound to be one the hottest projects to kick f the year. The album finally dropped last Friday and everyone’s been picking out their favorite songs and features on the album. Now, the album is projected to make a huge mark on the Billboard charts.
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Billboard’s “industry forecasters” predict Black Panther: The Album is gearing up to debut at #1 on Billboard 200 album. They say that they’re looking at the equivalent 100K album sales within it’s first week ending on Feb 15th. The album features some the game’s heavy hitters including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Khalid, Travis Scott, The Weeknd and more. In addition, two songs f the project are sitting in the top 40 the Billboard Hot 100. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” sits at number 31 while Kendrick and The Weeknd’s “Pray For Me” are at number 7.
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Prior to the album’s release, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, explained that Kendrick was initially only going to do a few songs on the project until he fully watched the movie. TDE’s in-house producer, Sounwave, also said that Kendrick started plotting it during the “DAMN.” tour over the summer.
Black Panther hits theatres on Friday, Feb. 16th.
LeBron James isn’t the only NBA All-Star who is getting into producing this season.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has reportedly teamed up with Apple for a scripted basketball drama inspired by Durant’s AAU playing days, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The upcoming series will be produced by Bryan Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television and will be written by Reggie Rock Bythewood, according to THR. Durant will executive produce his Thirty Five Media company, alongside Grazer, Imagine’s Francie Calfo and Thirty Five Media’s Rich Kleiman.
The series will reportedly dive into KD’s AAU experience in Maryland and explore AAU hoops in the D.C. area as a whole, as well as the lives several AAU players, their families and coaches.
After making a name for himself on the AAU circuit, Durant played one season college ball for the University Texas, where he won the Naismith and Wooden awards as well as the Rupp Trophy. He averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in the 2006-07 season before declaring for the NBA draft, where he was selected No. 2 overall by the Seattle Supersonics.
The nine-time All-Star forward is now in his second season with the Golden State Warriors and averaging 25.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Golden State sits atop the NBA with a 44-13 record, just one game up on the second place Houston Rockets.
Former boxing champ Adrien Broner was reportedly arrested in Atlanta Monday night for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at the Lenox Square shopping center.
The woman told police that Broner inappropriately groped her. The 28-year old boxer denied the allegations but after being interviewed by police they arrested him for misdemeanor sexual battery, according to TMZ Sports.
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The Atlanta PD released the following statement to BSO regarding Broner’s most recent arrest.
“On February 12, 2018 Atlanta Police Units were dispatched to 3393 Peachtree Road in reference to a sexual battery. Upon arrival, units spoke with the victim who advised that she had been inappropriately groped by a male later identified as Mr. Adrien Broner. Mr. Broner denied the accusations and after being interviewed was charged with Misdemeanor Sexual Battery and transported to Fulton County Jail without incident. At this time there is no additional information to provide regarding this case.”
According to TMZ Sports, Broner will see a judge at approximately 9am local time today.
Broner has had several run ins with the law in recent years, including robbery charges and an arrest for allegedly beating up a guy at a bowling alley in early 2016. He was also cited for misdemeanor battery after allegedly choking a nightclub waitress in Las Vegas in 2016.
The four-time champion last fought in July against Mikey Garcia which resulted in a unanimous decision loss. His next fight is scheduled to take place on April 21st against Omar Figueroa Jr.